NEW YORK, New York - An estimated 3.5 million spectators and more than 50 million television viewers will watch the 2016 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade hit the streets of New York City beginning at 9 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on Thursday, November 24. The three-hour event will be broadcast on NBC.
This year, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day will feature 16 giant character balloons; 27 novelty/ornament balloons, balloonicles and trycaloons; 26 floats; 1,100 cheerleaders and dancers; more than 1,000 clowns; and 16 marching bands and performance groups; and of course, the one-and-only Santa Claus.
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2016 Balloon List
Three new giant characters will take center stage: Charlie Brown, Diary of A Wimpy Kid, along with the debut of the stars of Trolls in a multi-character balloon.
The balloon line-up will also feature the return of the Parade’s first balloon star as DreamWorks Animation’s Felix the Cat. Designed and built using the same methods from the late 1920s, Felix will make his way down the route as he first appeared, carried on sticks, mimicking his debut appearance in 1927.
Returning balloons from last year are:
Angry Birds’ Red
Sinclair Oil’s Dino
The Elf on the Shelf
Ice Age’s Scrat and his Acorn
Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger
Thomas the Tank Engine
2016 marks the parade's 90th Anniversary. In celebration, Macy’s takes a look back at the parade’s role as a generational hit with audiences via a heartwarming video that follows a young boy from his first Macy’s Parade experience through to his 90th year, as the Parade plays a special role in his life.